Conference Talks

There's nothing I love more than sharing what I've learned with a group of developers. 

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Charleston, SC | MAY 18-19

Humpty Dumpty + DevOps  

I’m convinced Humpty Dumpty is a story of DevOps gone wrong.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty back together again.

First, who asks a horse to do surgery? Hoofs can’t hold scalpels. Second, either the king’s men are inept or they’re not communicating. Two kindergarteners with some Elmer’s could have done the job.

You see, Humpty is a deploy. He was fine in staging but shit the bed in production. Now the site’s down and your boss is threatening everyone’s jobs.

IT is saying the code is broken. The developers are saying it’s a server issue. Meanwhile, Humpty is bleeding out. And your customers are complaining on Twitter. Which means a customer service rep has entered the #incident channel to tell you the site’s down. Yea, no shit, Tom.

Sound familiar?

DevOps is the new Agile. Everyone “does it” but few fully embrace it. This talk will focus on common pitfalls and how to ensure your entire team — ops, IT, sysadmins, SREs and developers — stop blaming each other and work together.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Boulder Python

Boulder, COlorado | Apr 11

Pythons + Vipers: Empathy in Tech


DevOpsDays Madison


Humpty Dumpty: A Story of DevOps Gone Wrong


NordicAPIs Platform Summit

Stockholm, sweden | Oct 24-26

Humpty Dumpty: A Story of API DevOps Gone Wrong  


javaDay Kyiv

kyiv, ukraine | Oct 14-15

Humpty Dumpty + DevOps


Denver Startup Week

Denver, CO | Sept 12-16

Periods, Airbags and Artificial Hearts | Diversity in Tech

Abstract: Hiring and retaining a diverse tech team is critical to your product development. Did you know Apple’s HealthKit was released without a function for women to track their menstrual cycle — something women have been doing for millennia. Airbags were designed for a 6-foot-tall man weighing 200 pounds and killed hundreds of women when they hit the market. Artificial hearts are too big for women’s chest cavities, even though women make up roughly half of heart disease patients. Products targeting minorities, the elderly or the poor are often overlooked and underfunded.

We know there’s a problem. Now it’s time to find a solution. A diverse panel of software engineers will discuss how companies can better attract and retain women and people of color as employees. We’ll cover how to build a more inclusive company culture as well as factors that lead diverse employees to leave a workplace.

Emily Dowdle, Ryan Johnson, Marla Brizel, Jim Ray, Jorge Téllez

Emily Dowdle, Ryan Johnson, Marla Brizel, Jim Ray, Jorge Téllez



Denver, CO | Mar 8

Title: Recursion

Abstract: You don’t have to be a ninja to use recursion with Ruby. Don’t believe me? That’s probably because everyone who talks about recursion uses examples like factorials and the fibonacci sequence.

But I’m not a big fan of math, so there’ll be none of that at this week’s Denver.rb beginner track. Swing by anytime after 6:00 for some fun with recursion. You’ll walk out having written a recursive method. Which, let’s face it, means you’re a badass.